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Red Cross Releases New, Multi-Language AED Training Device


The American Red Cross today released a new automatic external defibrillator (AED) training device, available in up to three languages and with a built-in metronome.

The Red Cross is the only organization that offers a training device that can be customized based on the preferred language of the user. In addition to the English and Spanish voice prompts, the device has a USB port to download additional languages, including German, French, Dutch, Finnish, Mandarin and Swedish.

“The addition of a third language was prompted by the interest of Red Cross instructors and customers who have reported a need for AED training in other languages,” said Steve Lynch, senior product manager at the Red Cross.

The training device, designed to be used in tandem with CPR courses, allows students to familiarize themselves with the mechanics of an AED so that they are prepared to act in the event of an emergency. It includes a built-in metronome that delivers a rhythmic beeping sound for students to time the correct rate of compressions while giving CPR. Because this is a training device, no shock is delivered.

Each AED training device comes with one set of adult pads, one set of child pads, one instruction sheet, one single carrying case and three AA batteries. Pads include illustrations for correct placement of each pad on the body of an adult, child or infant. An acknowledgement on the back of each product salutes John Beales, leader of the team that created the original Red Cross AED training device.

The new AED training device with multi-language USB port and metronome retails for $99.50 and can be purchased through the Red Cross Store ( A 6-pack that includes six AED trainers and a carrying case is also available for $396.

Contact: Red Cross Public Affairs, Phone: (202) 303-5551,, FOR MEDIA ONLY

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